A Complete Guide to cover Kuala Lumpur in 24 hours (with a downloadable planner)

Updated: Dec 9, 2019

If you have already read my previous blog titled - Why Kuala Lumpur trip was a positive eye-opener for me?, you would know why we only had 24 hours with us while visiting Kuala Lumpur. To this day, I still regret not being able to spend more time there to understand their culture, eat more of the local food. However, keeping in mind that not all of us can enjoy slow travel and usually our bustling travel plans will include one or two days here and there to fit in a city, we have come up with a complete guide for Kuala Lumpur which will help you right from attractions to stays, transportation to food, and so on..

Read till the end, don't give up!

Top Attractions

KL Tower

Made during 90s, its height stretches to 421 meters and is the 7th tallest freestanding broadcasting tower in the world. I have a fantasy of visiting all those iconic radio / TV towers across the globe. Luckily, I have made it to two so far. You can say, these towers symbolizes the country itself. Apart from the telecommunication and broadcasting station floor, they have a revolving restaurant, indoor gallery and an open observation deck for visitors. You will be able to see most of the city from the deck. The lift area during the entry is magnificent. There are separate entry fees for separate levels and places. Alongside the tower tour, you will also get to visit a small aquarium, a zoo or shows as per the combo you will chose.

Petronas Twin Towers

By the time we reached the twin towers, the sun was already down and the lights were starting up in the towers. It was quite an exciting moment for us since we always saw the twin towers on the covers of our notebooks in school. A photograph with you and the towers entirely in a single frame is a challenge but nonetheless achievable. This is me pointing out excitedly towards the towers:

Although we didn't go inside, you can visit its Observation Deck by purchasing tickets online. Cost is around RM 80 for adult.

Royal Malaysian Police Museum

The Royal Malaysian Police Museum showcases the history of the police and its services in Malaysia from British colonial rule to present day. Being an Indian, I got amused that the Royal Malaysian Police have their own aeroplanes, choppers and speed boats. It depicts the origin of the police division in Malaysia under British rule and how it has evolved so far. They have some of the state of the art machinery and well trained forces. You will also find few historical event artifacts where the Malaysian police were involved. The Museum is not small, it will take at least 1 hour of time to complete the tour. The museum has no entry fee but it will appreciate your generous donation.

National Museum of Malaysia

A 3-storied, well-maintained museum with various sections in each floor featuring the history of Malaysia before & after Independence, the transformation of their style, women development, the culture..everything is reflected and articulated well.

Open all days of the week from 9 AM - 6 PM. Entry fee is RM 5 per person.

Merdeka Square

The historic place where the Malaysians first declared their independence in 1957. Also called as the Dataran Merdeka, it is located in front of Abdul Samad Building. There is a mighty flag pole in front of the square with the achievements of the former Prime Ministers engraved in a small squared space near the pole.

National Mosque

The Mosque is a very beautiful and spacious architecture with blue mosaic glasses inside. Tourists & locals visit this place frequently for introspection and there is a dress code for entering. I even peeked into the main hall where some schoolgirls were reciting their prayers. There are no charges for entering the mosque or while renting out the purple colored clothes. Although we didn't exactly sit down and perform any kind of reflection, it was a memorable 30 minutes spent inside. It is very close to the Royal Malaysian Police Museum and opens every day.

Central Market aka shopping haven for bargainers

We marked this place for the last since we wanted to have some time to see what Kuala Lumpur has to offer. Central Market is one of the most popular markets to buy beautiful dresses, jackets, tops, jewelry, and leather bags at a bargained rate. It also possesses a food court which is packed with visitors and locals all the time. Keep in mind that the market has two sections - one outside on the street and the other inside where you will have air conditioning. There are several floors inside; each floor offering something for what you might want.

We spent almost half of our day here purchasing a box of chocolate just for RM 20, a top worth RM 40 (I still wear it on a time-to-time basis), some unique necklace & earrings, and a souvenir.

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Transportation Tips

For private transport, Grab is the best option. Instead of hailing taxis randomly on the street, install Grab on your phone and book your cab from any point in Kuala Lumpur. We used Grab twice during our stay and it was a good experience. No cheating on fares or taking long distance deliberately. The drivers were polite, calm, and professional.

Check out the app here - Link

For public transport, get familiarized with KL Sentral station. It is the interconnect station for almost all train lines.

You will have 5 options for public transport:

  1. MRT - One of the most reliable mode of transport provides direct stop to major attractions like National Museum, Central Market, etc.

  2. Komuter - Best option while visiting Batu caves.

  3. Go KL City Bus - These pink buses are free for tourists and have stops at major tourists attractions like KL Tower, Bukit Bintang, Central Market, etc.

  4. RapidKL Bus - Widely used bus service but not recommended for tourists due to their improper schedule.

  5. LRT - Useful when you want to reach places which are farther from city centre.

More information on public transport can be found here -

You can either pay individually for each trip you make or the convenient option is to buy a Touch 'n Go card worth RM10 with loading options of RM10, RM20, and so on.

More information on Touch 'n Go card -[2018-06-01]FAQ_Generic_Card-R2.pdf

Where to stay?

Stay in Kuala Lumpur is a very cheap affair. You will get a plethora of options for staying in very unique homestays or guesthouses. The average cost per night for 2 people should be around 1600 ₹ (~22 $).

We stayed in this super-trendy, graffiti walled guesthouse via AirBnB.